Succession & Talent

Succession planning and talent management is about how we all identify and develop the leaders of tomorrow.

For us as an ALliance this is about how we, in partnership, identify leadership talent within and across South Gloucestershire, and the strategies that we employ to develop and move this talent onwards.

Our work is set against a backdrop of national challenge within the system. One in four headteachers are eligible to retire in the next four years, and the school system faces a succession challenge to secure enough high quality leaders to replace them. There remains particular difficulty in recruiting headteachers to some school types, most notably; primary, small rural, special and faith schools.

Over the next few years, there remains an increasingly important strategic role in succession planning. We plan to support succession planning by offering and sign posting to a wide range of leadership CPD and opportunities to bring through the next generation of leaders for all schools.

We will work alongside other groups, Alliances and partners to:

  • strategically plan for how together we will develop leaders to meet future local needs
  • develop future headteachers to help meet the need
  • take positive action to help diversify senior leadership and achieve representation of women and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds
  • put in place systematic processes  to identify leadership talent in areas of need
  • put in place systematic talent management that develops this leadership talent within and across their schools
  • build strategic governance and partnerships across teaching school alliances in order to make strategic decisions about developing and placing their collective talent
  • measure and understand the success of our succession planning role